Chris Needham

Global Director, Partnerships, RTC Events
Region Chairman, BILT ANZ
Committee Member, Data Day
Chris works in AECOM's BIM Consulting Practice as a BIM Advisory Lead for the Southern Australia region. Chris' role is heavily focused on helping clients manage information effectively, whether during design, construction or operations. He's an advocate for the Abolition of Acronyms and Vagaries (AAV) in the pursuit of better communication and effective outcomes in an ever-changing environment. Prior to joining AECOM, Chris operated his own BIM consulting firm, assisting many firms in organisational change efforts, systems analysis and design, training programmes and project delivery. He has worked on projects in Australia, Singapore and the United Kingdom, using his experience to develop systems and processes for numerous organisations. Chris desperately hopes to one day cease his involvement in extra-curricular activities... though hopes his BILT commitments aren’t among those.



Clay Hickling

Clay Hickling has been working with GHD for over a decade as an architectural and civil designer/documenter. GHD, being a multidiscipline Architecture and Engineering firm adopted Revit quite sometime ago. Clay is part of an internal development team coordinating the implementation of all the Revit flavours thru the various parts of the GHD business, his focus being Architecture. This entails training, development and technical support. Recently Clay was involved in the startup of a BIM user group called BrisBIM.With the motto of working smarter and not harder Clay enjoys sharing knowledge with others and enjoys the meeting people in the RTC community. Outside of this environment Clay spends as much time as he can on the golf course and riding the bike.

Ceilidh Higgins

Associate Member - Marketing
Ceilidh's specialty is work - both the places we work and the way we work. Her day job is Senior Associate at FutureSpace working alongside an award winning team of interior designers and architects. FutureSpace is a cutting edge design agency leading the way in creating the future spaces in which people will work, learn and live. Ceilidh works across workplace strategy and design, delivering workplace projects from as small as 5 people through to upwards of 1000 people. She is involved across all project phases from proposal stage through to post construction. She also has experience across a wide range of sectors including government, laboratories, healthcare and transport. Ceilidh was an early adopter of Revit for interior design and is a well known presenter at RTC. You might also know her alter ego "Stu BIMinions". Outside of work, Ceilidh researches, writes and speculates on the future of work - both as a place and the processes of working within the AEC industry - and the impacts of technology upon both. You can find her writing at

Nathan Hildebrandt

Fulton Trotter Architects
Associate Member - Stream Lead
Nathan is a passionate Architect that is driven to succeed. He has a broad experience in the management and delivery of a variety of Architectural Project types as a “Managing Architect.” He is highly regarded for his skills in the development of OPENBIM processes, being seen as a leader in the use of BIM authoring software ArchiCAD not only locally but internationally also, being invited to present at the Graphisoft KCC 2014 in Budapest, Hungary and a number of local events. He also contributes to the community through Volunteering in a number of BIM based organisations and shares his experiences through his BIM blog “Skewed.”

Chris Penn

Norman Disney & Young (NDY)
Associate Member - Stream Lead
Chris joined Norman Disney & Young as their Technical Director responsible for their Digital Built Environment Globally in December 2016, prior to this he was the BIM Manager on the $1.85BN new Royal Adelaide Hospital Project since June 2011. This project was the largest single building and the most technically advanced hospital in Australia, plus the first to implement a BIM strategy throughout the design, construction and as built stages.

Now with the NDY his main responsibility is to establish a consistent Digital Built Environment across the business and help to identify opportunities for automation. He will also be providing strategic advice to clients on BIM.

In 2012 Chris was invited onto the board of buildingSMART Australasia where he is now Deputy Chairman, he also represents the Construction Industry on the first Australasian BIM Advisory Board (ABAB) established by ACIF & APCC in November 2016.

Adam Sheather

Program Manager
Adam’s role is focused on the developing systems and people skills to deliver BIM and DE project deliverables to clients across AECOM’s market sectors. This involves supporting & upskilling teams to deliver workflows and decision making to ensure best value for our clients, and allowing AECOM’s talented team to focus on design rather than on output. Adam works as part of the AECOM BIM Advisory group providing technical and strategic advice relating to contracts, BIM Execution Plans, project deliverables, support, management and system tools on our BIM Management and BIM2FM Integration partnerships with Clients. His other role is to manage the scope and product development of new applications working with AECOM’s Technology as a Service & GIS teams.



Jim Balding

The Ant Group
RTC Emeritus
Jim Balding is a visionary leader who combines an extensive knowledge of architecture and design practices with a passionate interest in technology. He is the Founder & CEO of The Architecture & New Technologies Group (The Ant Group), headquartered Orange, California. Jim has spent the last 30 years offering his architectural design and technology experience to private clients, AEC firms, property owners, and software companies. Jim is a practicing architect, consultant, technology enthusiast, author, educator, speaker, family man, and confidant.

Mr. Balding has been a leader in the Autodesk® Revit® software world for over 15 years. He founded the South Coast Revit User Group (SCRUG) and served as its president for 5 years. SCRUG is now the longest running Revit User Group in the world. Jim was also a co-author to Introducing and Implementing Autodesk Revit under the Autodesk Press label through 5 editions.

Jim, a licensed architect of over 20 years, has spent much of his career working with AEC firms and property owners on the proper implementation of design technologies in workflow and operations. He has served as an advisor to numerous startups and has been involved in several software beta programs including those for Revit, AutoCAD, Avail, SketchUp, Buzzsaw, Skooter, Revizto, Fuzor, ConceptCAD, and Showcase, among others. Jim has also served as an AEC Advisor to companies like Autodesk, ArchVision, HP, and Wacom. To learn more about Jim and his practice, visit

Wesley Benn

RTC Events Management
A Sydney-based architect, Wesley is the founder of RTC Events Management. As a long-term user and advocate of BIM (starting with ArchiCAD in 1996), Wesley has been speaking and teaching in the field since starting to play with a pre-release version of Revit. 

Wesley has worked directly with Autodesk on Revit development and implementation, built content for manufacturers and end-users, and has implemented multiple BIM tools into well over 300 practices throughout South-East Asia. He is a regular speaker at events throughout Australia and overseas talking about technology, facilities management and process change; he founded (and chaired for 5 years) the Revit User Group, Sydney; and is now focused, via his partnership in theDIGITgroup, on SmartCities development worldwide.

Phil Read

Read | Thomas
Director, Marketing and Communications
Committee Member, BILT North America
Phil Read is the co-founder of Read | Thomas - an AECO consulting group focused on connecting designers, builders and owners through cross-discipline and technology integration.

Phil has 20 years in Architecture and Engineering including 12 years experience using and implementing Autodesk Revit: the world's only fully parametric and integrated tool for the design of buildings. Since 2009, Phil has been one of the driving forces behind M-SIX and VEO™ - the world’s first fully integrated, cloud-based platform for visualization, construction and operations of buildings. A frequent public speaker and has presented Autodesk University and RTC on topics ranging from "Best Practices and Large Project Management" to "Parametric Design Iteration in Architecture" and the "Business Dynamics of Transitioning from 2D CAD to Building Information Modeling".

Among other high profile clients and projects, played a lead role in providing training, implementation and ongoing support for the Architectural, Mechanical and Structural Engineers on the Freedom Tower World Trade Center Initiative in New York.